South East PDP meeting over Obi ends in deadlock

The three Governors produced by the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) and the party stakeholders from the entire South East zone yesterday held an emergency but inconclusive meeting over the choice of Mr Peter Obi, a former Governor of Anambra state as the Vice Presidential candidate of the party in 2019 Presidential election.

The meeting which was supposed to be held at the zonal
party office located at Independence layout Enugu was eventually shifted to the
private residence of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, which
is very adjacent to the PDP zonal office. Most journalists were barred from
entering Senator Ekweremadu”s house while the meeting lasted for several

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Chief Austin Umahi, the South East PDP zonal chairman
who thereafter returned to the zonal office said the purpose of the meeting was
basically to discuss the issue of Vice Presidential slot which they captured in
the social media that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate has
made the choice of Mr Peter Obi.

He said that the decision reached at the meeting of
South East PDP stakeholders is that they are not yet aware of Atiku’s choice
for Mr Peter Obi until he (Atiku) comes to inform them officially.

“The decision of the South East PDP leaders at
this well attended meeting even at a very short notice is that we are not yet
aware of the choice of Mr Peter Obi as the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP.
It is well accepted by all that Mr Peter Obi is a great son of Ndigbo and we
like him. But we demand Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to inform us accordingly and not
through the social media”.

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He disclosed that contacts have been put across to
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and he promised to do so as soon as he return from his
oversea trip.

But in a swift reaction, Mr Oseloka  Obaze who was the Governorship candidate of
PDP in Anambra state in the last Anambra state election said it is not
mandatory on Atiku Abubakar to have consulted the South East PDP leaders on his
choice for his vice before doing so. He said the last records of the previous
dispensations during NPN and NPP era proved that a Presidential candidate had
the right to choose his deputy and thereafter inform the party leaders etc as
the case may be.

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